So much happened in 2015 in favor of a greener planet: during the COP21 climate talks in Paris, our world’s leaders came to an agreement to cap global temperatures to 1.5 degrees in an unprecedented global commitment to the environment; big oil prices plummeted as renewable resources became more advanced, affordable, and accessible; and the Keystone pipeline was shot down, avoiding further exacerbation on climate change.

We are all accountable to create positive change, starting with our businesses. Each week we share insights to make the connection between sustainability and business value – and each week you’ve shown up, given us feedback, and stayed engaged.

These are the most popular blogs from 2015. Thanks for your loyalty, and our market leaders look forward to continuing the conversation!

Einstein’s Theory of Sustainability

CEO Tom Paladino urges green building leaders to understand the new industry rules and to reevaluate their process.

Great Leaders Keep it Simple

The Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh opened in October of 2015, and is lauded as the greenest high rise in the world. Read about the building’s aspirational beginnings and the integrative design process between PNC, Paladino, Gensler, and BuroHappold, producing the impressive LEED Platinum office tower.

The 33-story LEED Platinum Tower at PNC Plaza opened in Oct. 2015 as the greenest high rise in the world.

Commercial Real Estate: What’s wrong with open offices?

Debates in early 2015 about the downfall of the open office concept had Vice President Brad Pease considering Paladino’s Seattle headquarters and its open plan. Is the open office concept fundamentally flawed? We don’t think so.

Paladino’s LEED v4 Gold Headquarters in Seattle was designed around an open concept.

Multifamily: Transit-oriented development reshaping the multifamily housing market

The growing transit-oriented development trend created a surge in residential development in 2015 with lasting potential for the community and stakeholders.

The Ascent at Spring Hill Station was developed in proximity to a new metro station to appeal to the area’s prominent Millennial demographic.

Mixed-Use and Retail: Sustainable mixed-use development fosters healthy urban communities

Cities are experiencing rapid growth and development, fueled by high-demand jobs, technology, and a shifting preferences for city life over suburbia. Learn how these developments create vibrant communities that are healthy centers of economic activity.

Three PNC Plaza, a mixed-use development in Pittsburgh, PA connects the community to the city center.

Hospitality: Sustainability is the core of an authentic hospitality experience

The trend of eco-minded travelers and consumers is climbing. The hospitality industry can create a competitive edge and compelling story by incorporating sustainability in programs and operations.

The LEED Silver Marriott Marquis in Washington DC uses sustainability as a differentiator.

Higher Education: Universities see existing buildings in new light for energy efficiency savings

How does an aging higher education facility transform into an energy efficient, purposeful building without the hefty investment of new construction?

Seattle Pacific University Campus participated in a commissioning program to determine energy
use in its existing buildings.


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